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149 Colleges
98,523 Yearly Graduations
$58,804 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$26,420 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In 2019, 98,523 students received a degree from a college in Missouri, making it rank #18 in terms of graduations. The average in-state tuition for students attending college in Missouri is $14,701 a year, while the average out-of-state tuition is $16,558 a year.

An estimated 63% of college students in Missouri take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,605 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

University of Missouri - Columbia

Columbia, Missouri
Public Public vs. Private
10,776 Yearly Degrees
$9,264 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at University of Missouri - Columbia is 30,844, of which 22,197 students are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Mizzou. The freshman retention rate is 87%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 78%. Of the accepted students, 42% are men and 58% are women.

Roughly 44% of students at Mizzou take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,779 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $39,400 during the early-career years.

#2

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
5,616 Yearly Degrees
$54,250 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 7,074 full-time undergraduates at WUSTL, and 15,303 students altogether. It takes the average WUSTL undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

The acceptance rate at WUSTL is 16%, making it one of the most selective schools in the country. Around 48% of accepted students are men, and 52% are women.

19% of WUSTL students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,835 a year. WUSTL has a 1.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from WUSTL with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $56,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
5,411 Yearly Degrees
$5,202 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 15,363 full-time undergraduates at Missouri State, and 23,697 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

About 84% of students who apply get accepted. Around 37% of accepted students are men, and 63% are women.

Roughly 60% of students at Missouri State take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,840 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Missouri State is $32,000.

#4

Webster University

Saint Louis, Missouri
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
4,507 Yearly Degrees
$13,500 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Webster University is 12,736, of which 2,297 students are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Webster, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

About 54% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

Approximately 68% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,646 a year. Webster has a 4.8% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Webster with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $33,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#5

Columbia College

Columbia, Missouri
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
3,859 Yearly Degrees
$8,602 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 13,492 students at Columbia College Missouri in total, 5,163 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Columbia College Missouri undergraduate about 4.0 years to complete their degree.

Roughly 55% of students at Columbia College Missouri take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,362 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $33,000 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
3,805 Yearly Degrees

There are 14,874 students at MCC-KC in total, 6,693 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Approximately 6% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,430 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from MCC-KC is $27,000.

#7

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, Missouri
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
3,520 Yearly Degrees
$20,880 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 6,625 full-time undergraduates at SLU, and 14,581 students altogether. The freshman retention rate at SLU is 90%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

About 64% of students who apply get accepted. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

Roughly 53% of students at SLU take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,533 a year. SLU has a 2.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $45,700 during the early-career years.

#8

University of Missouri - Kansas City

Kansas City, Missouri
Public Public vs. Private
3,424 Yearly Degrees
$9,542 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at University of Missouri - Kansas City is 16,372, of which 6,760 students are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at UMKC, the average graduation time is 4.7 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 64%. Of the accepted students, 36% are men and 64% are women.

Approximately 49% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,713 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $38,300 during the early-career years.

#9

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, Missouri
Public Public vs. Private
3,076 Yearly Degrees
$7,524 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at University of Central Missouri is 12,333, of which 7,701 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average UCM undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

About 84% of students who apply get accepted. Around 42% of accepted students are men, and 58% are women.

Roughly 64% of students at UCM take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,365 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UCM is $32,500.

#10

Ozarks Technical Community College

Springfield, Missouri
Public Public vs. Private
3,058 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Ozarks Technical Community College is 12,692, of which 5,773 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 56% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $1,548 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from OTC is $24,600.

#11

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, Missouri
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
3,034 Yearly Degrees
$18,000 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 10,025 students at Lindenwood University in total, 6,215 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

About 74% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 47% are men and 53% are women.

63% of Lindenwood University students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,626 a year. Lindenwood University has a 1.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Lindenwood University is $34,400.

#12

University of Missouri - St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
Public Public vs. Private
2,993 Yearly Degrees
$12,007 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 5,492 full-time undergraduates at UMSL, and 16,715 students altogether. For undergraduates at UMSL, the average graduation time is 4.6 years.

About 76% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

45% of UMSL students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,616 a year. UMSL has a 6.2% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $35,400 during the early-career years.

#13

Park University

Parkville, Missouri
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,716 Yearly Degrees
$6,012 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 11,457 students at Park University in total, 4,134 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

About 69% of students who apply get accepted. Around 49% of accepted students are men, and 50% are women.

Roughly 66% of students at Park University take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,858 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.6% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $38,800 during the early-career years.

#14

Saint Louis Community College

Saint Louis, Missouri
Public Public vs. Private
2,541 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Saint Louis Community College is 18,835, of which 7,089 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 6% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $3,003 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Saint Louis Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $22,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
2,471 Yearly Degrees
$10,452 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 6,128 full-time undergraduates at Missouri University of Science and Technology, and 8,883 students altogether. It takes the average Missouri University of Science and Technology undergraduate about 4.8 years to complete their degree.

About 84% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 75% are men and 25% are women.

Roughly 54% of students at Missouri University of Science and Technology take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,992 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $58,700 during the early-career years.

#16

Maryville University of Saint Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,366 Yearly Degrees
$14,346 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Maryville University of Saint Louis is 7,689, of which 2,375 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Maryville U undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

Around 92% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 38% are men and 62% are women.

Roughly 51% of students at Maryville U take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,119 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Maryville U with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $42,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#17

Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Public Public vs. Private
2,176 Yearly Degrees
$5,242 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 11,486 students at Southeast Missouri State University in total, 7,779 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

About 85% of students who apply get accepted. Around 37% of accepted students are men, and 63% are women.

55% of Southeast Missouri State University students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,222 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.7% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Southeast Missouri State University is $29,700.

#18

Northwest Missouri State University

Maryville, Missouri
Public Public vs. Private
1,563 Yearly Degrees
$6,004 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Northwest Missouri State University is 6,338, of which 4,806 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

About 74% of students who apply get accepted. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

Approximately 65% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,076 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Northwest with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
1,441 Yearly Degrees
$6,300 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 4,358 full-time undergraduates at Missouri Southern, and 6,174 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Around 95% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 36% are men and 64% are women.

Roughly 54% of students at Missouri Southern take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,872 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.4% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Missouri Southern with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#20

Truman State University

Kirksville, Missouri
Public Public vs. Private
1,383 Yearly Degrees
$9,160 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Truman State University is 6,272, of which 5,134 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Truman State undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 67%. Of the accepted students, 39% are men and 61% are women.

Approximately 47% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,192 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Truman State is $34,300.

#21

Crowder College

Neosho, Missouri
Public Public vs. Private
1,341 Yearly Degrees

There are 2,127 full-time undergraduates at Crowder College, and 4,960 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Roughly 16% of students at Crowder College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,335 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Crowder College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,298 Yearly Degrees
$36,336 Yearly Tuition (In-State

A T Still University of Health Sciences has a 0.4% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from A T Still University of Health Sciences with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $99,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#23

Three Rivers College

Poplar Bluff, Missouri
Public Public vs. Private
908 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Three Rivers College is 3,226, of which 1,789 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Approximately 11% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,169 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 21.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $21,700 during the early-career years.

#23

St Charles Community College

Cottleville, Missouri
Public Public vs. Private
908 Yearly Degrees

There are 3,252 full-time undergraduates at SCC, and 6,563 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

6% of SCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $3,994 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.6% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $28,800 during the early-career years.

#25

Missouri Western State University

Saint Joseph, Missouri
Public Public vs. Private
893 Yearly Degrees
$7,188 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Missouri Western State University is 5,533, of which 3,498 students are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Western, the average graduation time is 4.7 years.

Roughly 54% of students at Western take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,872 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Western with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Other Missouri Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 State Fair Community College 847
27 Jefferson College 833
28 Rockhurst University 828
29 Missouri Baptist University 805
30 Moberly Area Community College 801
31 Southwest Baptist University 790
32 William Woods University 785
33 Central Methodist University - College of Graduate & Extended Studies 768
34 Ranken Technical College 705
35 Mineral Area College 640
36 State Technical College of Missouri 586
37 Drury-University-College-Of-Continuing-Professional-Studies 547
38 Evangel University 535
39 East Central College 524
40 Logan University 469
41 Lincoln University 459
42 Barnes - Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing 457
43 Fontbonne University 449
44 North Central Missouri College 443
45 Drury University 438
46 Avila University 408
47 Midwest Technical Institute-Springfield 402
47 St Louis College of Pharmacy 402
49 Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences 388
50 Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary 383
51 College of the Ozarks 362
52 William Jewell College 323
53 Concorde Career Colleges 308
54 Cox College 296
55 Central Methodist University - College of Liberal Arts & Sciences 258
56 Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences 255
57 Hannibal - LaGrange University 252
58 Missouri State University-West Plains 249
59 Missouri Valley College 235
60 Culver - Stockton College 233
61 Stephens College 221
61 St Louis College of Health Careers-Fenton 221
63 Harris - Stowe State University 196
64 Westminster College Missouri 194
65 Research College of Nursing 182
66 St Louis College of Health Careers-St Louis 174
67 Grabber School of Hair Design 163
68 Chamberlain University - Missouri 162
69 Kansas City Art Institute 156
70 Academy of Hair Design-Springfield 152
70 Midwest Institute 152
72 Ozark Christian College 140
73 Pinnacle Career Institute-South Kansas City 135
74 WellSpring School of Allied Health-Kansas City 127
75 Paul Mitchell the School-Springfield 124
76 Covenant Theological Seminary 123
77 Bryan University 121
78 Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center 119
79 Paul Mitchell the School-St Louis 117
80 Cottey College 110
81 House of Heavilin Beauty College-Blue Springs 103
82 Rolla Technical Institute/Center 102
83 The Salon Professional Academy-St Charles 98
84 Applied Technology Services 91
85 Concordia Seminary 88
86 Franklin Technology-MSSU 87
87 Bolivar Technical College 84
88 Healing Arts Center 83
89 Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences 78
90 Skin Institute 72
91 Independence College of Cosmetology 67
92 Paul Mitchell the School-Missouri Columbia 65
92 Grand River Technical School 65
94 American Trade School 64
95 Baptist Bible College 63
96 American Business and Technology University 62
97 Calvary University 60
97 Central Christian College of the Bible 60
99 City Pointe Beauty Academy 59
100 Lutheran School of Nursing 58
101 South Central Career Center 57
102 Hillyard Technical Center 56
103 Missouri College of Cosmetology North 55
103 DeVry University - Missouri 55
105 Wellspring-School-Of-Allied-Health-Springfield 51
106 Kirksville Area Technical Center 50
107 Stevens - The Institute of Business & Arts 48
108 Aquinas Institute of Theology 47
108 Nazarene Theological Seminary 47
110 Lex La-Ray Technical Center 45
111 Texas County Technical College 42
112 Elaine Steven Beauty College 41
112 Aviation Institute of Maintenance-Kansas City 41
114 Merrell University of Beauty Arts and Science 36
115 Metro Business College-Jefferson City 35
116 Metro Business College-Cape Girardeau 34
117 Urshan-College 32
117 Trend-Setters-School 32
117 Four Rivers Career Center 32
120 Pike-Lincoln Technical Center 29
121 Carthage R9 School District-Carthage Technical Center 28
121 Eden Theological Seminary 28
123 Academy of Salon Professionals 27
123 Warrensburg Area Career Center 27
125 eClips School of Cosmetology and Barbering 26
126 Central College of Cosmetology 24
127 Metro Business College-Rolla 22
128 Waynesville Career Center 20
128 Conception Seminary College 20
130 Neosho Beauty College 19
130 Transformed Barber and Cosmetology Academy 19
130 Clinton Technical School 19
130 House of Heavilin Beauty College-Raymore 19
134 American College of Hair Design Inc 18
135 Urshan Graduate School of Theology 17
135 City Vision University 17
137 Saline County Career Center 16
138 Cosmetology College of Franklin County 15
138 Saint Louis Christian College 15
140 Lake Career and Technical Center 14
140 Kenrick Glennon Seminary 14
140 Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center 14
143 Cass Career Center 13
143 House of Heavilin Beauty College-Kansas City 13
145 New Dimensions School of Hair Design 12
145 Ea La Mar’s Cosmetology & Barber College 12
147 Salem College of Hairstyling 10
148 Ponce-Health-Sciences-University-St-Louis 8
149 Lebanon College of Cosmetology 7

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